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JUNE 2014

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JUNE 2014

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7 AREA FOCUS Local Events Not to be Missed

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Hither Green Village & Lee


Lewisham Gateway – New phase starts


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Street Runners

No job too big… stick to what you can do


Local Open Gardens for all to see


Heaven for fast car enthusiast


Get ready for the Tour de France


Beauty tips and Health Advice

25 PARENTING NEWS From art classes to earning a little extra at home


Round up of school news


Food and Wine Pairing & Cutty Sark Offer

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Exhibition Listings Gallery updates

37-43 LOCAL EVENT LISTINGS If it’s on then its in, don’t miss it


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3D street artwork Former England international Michael Owen unveiled a giant, interactive football-inspired 3D street artwork in Canary Wharf, launching Coca Cola’s new Win A Ball promotion ahead of the World Cup. Designed to transport fans straight from the River Thames to Rio de Janeiro’s iconic cityscape, the promotion also looks to make the public aware that entries into the competition will directly benefit Coca Cola GB’s charity partner StreetGames; the organization, which brings sport to the doorsteps of young people in disadvantaged communities across the country. It follows an announcement In March that Coca-Cola will be investing £20 million in active lifestyle programmes over the next seven years to get one million people active by 2020.

Rat Race Rat Race Adventure Sports, in partnership with the charity Shelter, are delighted to announce that they will be holding London’s first ever, aquatic obstacle course ‘The River Rat Race’ on Saturday 16 August. The 10km watercourse will see participants run, jump, swim, kayak and climb their way around The Docklands in East London. Entry to the event starts from £48, with a minimum of £10 from each entry going to Shelter to help people across the country struggling with homelessness with further money going to the charity through the sponsorship funds raised by each participant. The race will start inside The ExCel London with participants facing a quick fire barrage of obstacles before they head out on to the dockside.   To enter online please visit and for more information on Shelter please visit

The Glass Mill, Lewisham Town Centre’s landmark new leisure centre at Renaissance, Loampit Vale, picked up the award for Best Built Project – Community Scale at this year’s London Planning Awards. The awards, organised in partnership with the Mayor of London, London First, RTPI and London Councils, recognise and reward best practice in planning in the capital. Local company BPTW, acted as planning consultants to secure approval for the entire development on behalf of Barratt London, working in conjunction with the

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Pilgrimage in aid of ‘Music in Hospitals’ Charity BMI the Blackheath Hospital’s executive director, Peter Harris has travelled to Northern Spain with his daughter Madeleine to walk the final 110km of the Camino de Santiago, a medieval pilgrimage route in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. Peter and Madeline made the pilgrimage in aid of the charity, Music in Hospitals, and hope to raise £2,500. ‘Music has changed my own life, and I know the power it can have on people who find themselves in an alien environment dealing with the most difficult of circumstances.’ Peter Harris commented. ‘Working at BMI the Blackheath Hospital and having strong links to the local NHS I hope that the money my daughter and I have raised will be able to benefit the local south London community we serve and that music in hospitals will be able to aid in the treatment of people within our local community.’ To donate visit

MWAP Needs You Maryon Wilson Animal Park, Charlton already run very popular park tours during the week and will be starting tours on Saturday mornings. Would you or anyone you know be interested in volunteering to help run the park tours on Saturdays? You don’t need to know anything about animals, you just need a decent pair of walking boots or wellies and plenty of enthusiasm. They will teach you the rest! Email

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Glass Mill designers LA Architects and overall masterplanners Assael. BPTW will continue to undertake planning consultancy services for the development which, when complete, will offer 788 new homes along with new commercial and community spaces. Judges commended Glass Mill, which opened in summer 2013, for its ‘transformational impact on the wider area, benefits to the local community, design and ingenuity’.

Oak Furniture Clearance, the official clearance house for the UK’s No. 1 oak retailer, is giving away a prize worth £250 of solid oak furniture. Oak Furniture Clearance, with outlets located on Old Kent Road, Chippenham, and now a brand new outlet in Wembley, offer solid oak furniture at discount prices. You won’t buy cheaper! Table and chair sets, tv units, dining sets, sideboards, bedsides, beds, mattresses and wardrobes are all sold in store, depending on availability of stock. This is a fantastic opportunity for all Meridian readers to make a great saving on your furniture essentials before summer. Located at Old Kent Road, SE15 1LA, London’s best kept furniture secret is closer than you think. If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning this prize, simply send your name, address and daytime telephone number to meridian magazine (Oak Furniture Clearance), 8 The Village, Charlton, SE7 8UD. Or email your details to competition@ by 30 June.

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Hither Green Village & Lee

Area Focus

A look at Hither Green Village/Lee Conservation Area - by Nicola Berry

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The word ‘community’ could have been invented to describe life in the area that runs from the shops in Staplehurst Road down to Burnt Ash Road. The Hither Green & Lee news blog lists no less than 12 different local societies and associations and even has a daily calendar of events and activities for children and adults. Some sound great fun such as the recent Hither Green Wine Club and Green Door’s Eurovision Supper Club (an evening of great food, wonderful wine and Eurovision live on a large screen). Beards anyone?

How did Hither Green get its name? There were several greens in Lewisham; one was called Hither (nearer) Green, the other Further Green. Where to live? In 1870 Lee was described as “a resort of merchants and wealthy families from the metropolis; and many handsome residences have been erected in Lee Park, Manor Park and Lee Road.” Add to this the attractive streets of Victorian houses that Archibald Corbett built after purchasing 278 acres of North Park Farm in 1896 and the area’s desirable housing stock was assured. James Nicol from Stanford Estates says that the close proximity of several ‘Outstanding’ primary schools is a deciding factor for many young families, as is the short commute to London. Attractive two and three bed cottages are dotted all over roads such as Ennersdale and Longhurst (£500,000 +), together with larger three or four bed terraced and semi detached houses in Manor Lane Terrace (£750,000+ ) and Micheldever Road (£1m +) respectively. There are also plenty of period, two bed conversion flats within walking distance of the station for £280,000 (rental £1,300). Transport: It’s an easy 15 minute train journey from Hither Green to London Bridge Station. Local landmarks: Generations of local children have taken their first steps in Manor House Gardens. On a hot, summer’s day the lake is a joy to walk around, whilst children love the excellent play area and tennis courts. At the heart of the Gardens is Pistachios In The Park, a friendly café, and a walled flower garden. The Friends of Manor House Gardens are an active group of volunteers who work hard to maintain the flower beds, and the annual Garden Festival (Saturday, 21st June, 12 noon – 9pm), is undoubtedly the highlight of the year. Overlooking the Gardens is Manor House Library, a Grade II listed, Georgian house which was once the home of the Baring family. It’s been a much valued local library since 1902.

Schools: Lee Manor Primary School has been rated as “Outstanding” by Ofsted, along with neighbouring Brindishe Lee and Brindishe Green. The three schools form a partnership serving the communities of Hither Green and Lee. St. Winifred’s is a popular RC primary school split across two sites in Effingham Road and Newstead Road. There’s also the voluntary aided Trinity Church of England School in Taunton Road, which is the smallest secondary school in the Borough with just 600 pupils. Not far away is Colfe’s, a well-regarded independent school which has a Nursery, Prep and Senior School. Zoom Nurseries, which takes babies from 3 months and has a dedicated baby unit, has recently been awarded “Outstanding” by Ofsted. Where to shop? Friends and Users of Staplehurst Shops (FUSS) keep this attractive parade of shops looking good. Vintage style abounds at coffee shop and florist You Don’t Bring Me Flowers, whilst Education Interactive is a real treasure trove of specialist maths games and puzzles including one which teaches children how to manage their finances/pocket money. Andrew Tapponníer, who runs Create, is a specialist in renovating and extending the local Victorian homes. He offers a one-stop service which manages the initial design right through to build and completion. Where to eat? The Station Hotel is, as the name implies, right by Hither Green Station. It’s a handsome building and serves great food and real ales with the added bonus of a courtyard garden. Hither Green Deli is the place for a very reasonably priced Panini. What’s New? Archibald’s coffee shop has just opened in Manor Lane. Next month our area focus will be on Blackheath Standard. If you have a favourite shop or business that you think deserves a mention then email before 13th June. | 7



Lewisham Gateway A more vibrant better connected, Lewisham Confluence Place

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The initial site preparation work has now been completed at Lewisham Gateway, the single largest development within Lewisham town centre. Work on the repeatedly delayed £250m regeneration scheme, which will transform the area around Lewisham station, will be getting underway this month. The scheme involves the removal of the roundabout opposite Lewisham’s railway and DLR stations, to be replaced by a new road layout and a new development, which will make it easier for pedestrians to get back and forth from the stations to the town centre. When complete, Lewisham Gateway will include up to 800 new homes, designed by award-winning PRP Architects, shops, restaurants, bars and cafes plus new leisure facilities. The creation of new green space is in the shape of Confluence Place, a park where the Ravensbourne and Quaggy rivers meet, and a town square opposite St Stephen’s Church. Lewisham Gateway is being brought forward in a series of phases. The first phase is now underway, and involves the redevelopment of land close to the stations. Until very recently, this land was also the location for the bus terminus, now relocated to a purpose-built facility on nearby Thurston Road. This phase will see the construction of what is currently known as ‘Building A’ (marked with an ‘A’ on the site plan right) along with landscaping to the adjacent area to create Confluence Place. ‘Building A’ comprises two blocks (25 and 15 storeys) providing 193 new homes, along with ground-floor shops and restaurants/ cafés. A further building which forms part of this phase (marked with a ‘B’ on the site plan right) is still subject to detailed planning consent, with discussions due to commence shortly.

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This phase also includes changes being made to the roads and rivers. As much as possible will be done to minimise lane closures, diversions and delays during the construction period. All bus services will continue to run, although there are minor changes to some routes passing through the area. For this regeneration to be effective the roundabout will need to be removed and the road network relocated around the site. This will allow the creation of an exciting new development at the heart of Lewisham town centre, creating new jobs and homes for local people. Map of Masterplan corresponding to numbers below: A


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Diary of an Estate Agent Mortgages, Open days and a footnote about Leases!

As you may have seen in the news, Mortgage lending criteria changed on the 26th April and the new Mortgage Market Review (MMR) rules came into play. This will affect all future lending in the UK. How will this affect you? Lenders’ focus is no longer simply on multiple of income. Their attention is more focused on the individual’s “affordability” rather than their income. In order to access your affordability, lenders will need to see evidence and proof of all outgoings including costs of such items as gym membership, satellite TV subscriptions etc, all of which could reduce your borrowing power. So it is now even more important than ever before to check how much you can borrow before you set your heart on your next home. We work with Hays Financial Centre at our Blackheath office so please contact us if you would like to speak to one of their advisers. Open days have been getting a lot of press recently and are not everyone’s cup of tea. The reason why so many properties are being marketed this way is that it is easier for the owner in


terms of only having to tidy up for, hopefully, one day. It also means that if a number of people are interested, buyers are asked to submit a best and final offer. So, good for the owner, but frustrating for those that are not successful. I have heard that some agents are just letting prospective buyers come along say between 10 and 12, without an appointment so you can end up with loads of people in the house at once. At jdm we try to make the process a little more civilised by giving everyone a time slot, however you do get some overlap as some clients on the day are early and others late, but hopefully it’s not such a bun fight! I do think as the market becomes a little less frenetic we will start to see fewer open days, which will please buyers. Finally, a request: should you have a leasehold property, with a lease of less than 85 years, do seek some advice on extending it. Selling a property with a shorter lease can become a real headache. I will expand upon this next month.


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No Job Too Big Or Too Small…


If you can’t face home repairs or improvements find a man who can Summer is a great time to focus on the exterior of your home, as well as your lawn and garden. Painting the exterior of the home sounds simple enough but if you don’t have a head for heights…

When buying a home, most people probably first think of the financial responsibility. Don’t forget, however, about the time and labour that home ownership also requires. Just like regular oil changes for your car keeps your engine running smoothly, keeping up with regular home maintenance tasks will keep you from future headaches and wasted money. The typical man takes six-months to get around to all the ‘little jobs’ in the house, new research has revealed. A study commissioned by Homebase, found a lack of time, knowledge or enthusiasm is often the reason for the failure to carry out little tasks such as repairing squeaky floorboards, hanging pictures, even replacing lightbulbs. Other jobs such as touching up paint and mending leaking taps regularly wait six-months or more. Even small repair jobs can seem quite daunting and over time can lead to more serious problems. Knowing how to tackle small jobs is key to staying on top of things, and can mean they take less time to put right. It is understandable that many people are unsure how to fix certain little problems that crop up in home and the best way is to seek advice and practice. Some information is vital, such as knowing where the stopcock is situated, so next time the tap washer perishes and your sink or bath is overflowing, you can at least turn the water supply off. The potential cost of a project can put property owners off too, but fixing problems early means they won’t cost as much as many of us would expect. Remember, always obtain at least three quotes for any work required, and the cheapest isn’t always the best in the long run.

Researchers also found 41 per cent of homeowners put off their home improvement task because they didn’t know how to tackle the job. And then there are those that start a project that might seem at first to be uncomplicated, only to need the help of a professional to complete the job or even start again from scratch. However, if a job needs a professional, don’t try to cut corners especially if it involves electricity, which needs to be signed off by a qualified NICEIC approved electrician once the work has been completed. Larger projects may need Building Regulations approval, especially if it’s a new home or involves almost any new building work (such as a new wall), or structural alterations, such as a loft conversion. Projects that are exempt from Building Regulations include: porches (not exceeding 30m²); car ports (open on two sides and, again, less then 30m²); conservatories (having a floor area of less than 30m², have at least 75% of the roof and 50% of the walls glazed with a translucent material; and maintain the existing walls, windows and doors that separate it from the main house, with no new additional openings created); most detached sheds and greenhouses (under 15m² floor area, or under 30m² and at least 1m away from the house). Not only do you have to comply with the regulations, you also have to be seen to be doing so. Without the inspections and final sign off, you could be fined up to £5,000 and/or forced to re-do the work. You’ll also find it nigh-on impossible to sell the completed house - lack of compliance will emerge in local authority searches carried out in the buying process. So in general, if it’s structural work, it needs approval. If in doubt, check with your local authority website, or give their Building Control department a call. Nannette Fielding

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Open Garden Squares


Seven Secret Gardens in South East London Take Part Open Garden Squares Weekend is a don’t-miss date on London’s summer calendar, celebrating hidden and little known gardens across London on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 June. Visitors are invited to explore gardens ranging from historic traditional squares to experimental contemporary gardens, community allotments, tranquil idylls and urban wildlife sanctuaries. Booking details below.

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Red House, the only house commissioned, created and lived in by William Morris, founder of the Arts and Crafts movement, is a building of extraordinary architectural and social significance. When it was completed in 1860, it was described by Edward Burne-Jones as ‘the beautifullest place on earth’. There is a simple garden and orchard surrounding the house.

Culverley Green, The gardens here form a triangle at the junction of three roads and were originally laid out as part of plans for an early Edwardian estate, now a conservation area. The planting scheme comprises informal groupings of shrubbery set in a lawn. The spring bulb-planting scheme has continued with the planting of more bulbs in the autumn of 2013 and some raised beds. 

Red House, Red House Lane, Bexleyheath, DA6 8JF. Sat 11am–5pm, Sun 11am–5pm. Activities: Tearoom and shop. House can be visited for an additional entry fee (National Trust members free) after 1.30pm. Guided tours of the house from 11am to 1.30pm by prior booking only.

Culverley Green, Culverley Road, Catford SE6 2JZ. Sun 2–5pm. Activities: Garden fête on Sunday afternoon. Teas and homemade cakes and jams, local honey (from surrounding roads). Plant stall, local crafts for sale, raffle, face-painting, games for small children and music.

Sydenham Garden is an award-winning charity providing gardening, nature conservation and creative opportunities for the well-being of local residents. It provides a place where local people, particularly those coping with ill-health, can gain confidence and self-esteem through work and community. The garden includes a pond, nature reserve, raised-bed vegetable growing area, Victorian-style greenhouse and planted beds. Sydenham Garden, 28A Wynell Road, Forest Hill SE23 2LW. Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 11am–4pm. Activities: Refreshments (drinks, cakes), plant and art and craft sales.

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Winsford Gardens

Once the private gardens of Winsford House, the garden still retains many original features, including ornamental shrub beds, fruit trees, rose gardens and lawns. The gardens were open as a public park but neglected until local volunteer group Penge Green Gym breathed new life into them, transforming the site into an exciting, attractive community space and wildlife garden. Winsford Gardens, Croydon Road or Garden Road, Penge SE20 7RN. Sat 11am–4pm. Activities: Children’s crafts including making bird feeders, bug hotels and a treasure hunt, Plant sale. Lawn for picnics. Informal guided tours of the garden with Penge Green Gym volunteers. Refreshments stall.

Charlton Manor Primary School

Hidden away behind Charlton Manor Primary School is a secret garden. A number of years ago it was derelict and overgrown. Today it’s a haven that includes raised beds, vegetable plots, fruit trees and vines, a large heated greenhouse, wildlife area with pond, bird hide, chickens and an observation beehive. Charlton Manor Primary School, Indus Road, Charlton SE7 7EF. Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 10am–4pm. Activities: Tea, coffee and homemade honey cake made from the school’s own honey. Pond-dipping. Talks and explorations of the observation beehive. Tours of the garden with staff available to answer questions.

The features of this garden include a soft fruit area, a newly planted urban orchard with heritage pear varieties, apples and cherries, and an espalier wall planted by Café Crema and the London Orchard project. Visit the wildlife pond, meet the ducks and look around the greenhouse and potting shed (which has a small reference library and lots of gardening magazines). The Secret Orchard, New Cross Road, New Cross SE14 6AF. Sat 10am-5pm. Activities: Fully licensed vegetarian and vegan café. Local honey and homemade cakes and lunches on sale, Fairtrade and organic teas and coffees. Freshly laid duck eggs from our Indian Runners (subject to laying mood). Come and feed the ducks. Mini-stall selling local produce. Strawberry plants for sale. Homemade, homegrown raspberry tarts, gluten-free.

This riverside garden is run by and for the neighbours of Ballast Quay. It was a wharf until the 1960s. For the weekend it will have sculpture on sale by blacksmith Brian Greaves and Kevin Herlihy, who designed and made the goat memorial.

Buying tickets in advance One ticket gains access to all participating gardens (bar those with special conditions for entry) for both Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 June. An advance weekend ticket is £10 (including fees/p&p) available from A ticket bought over the weekend itself is £12. National Trust Members can go half price. For children under 12, admission is free all weekend.

Ballast Quay Garden, Greenwich SE10 9PD. Sat 10am–5pm, Sunday 10am–5pm. Activities: There will be an exhibition on the history of the wharf, a display by Men In Sheds and homemade teas. Sculpture for sale.

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Race down to Motorexpo at Canary Wharf: 9 -15 June


With displays from many of the world’s leading automotive brands This spectacular motor show allows you to get up close to everything from Maserati to Infinitis, with new product releases and world debuts. Car fanatics are set to flock to Canary Wharf as Motorexpo, the much-anticipated free annual car show, returns for its nineteenth consecutive year. Renowned amongst motoring enthusiasts worldwide as one of the greatest vehicular displays, visitors can enjoy test drives in some seriously cool cars and peruse an outstanding range of models amidst the iconic setting of Canary Wharf. The glittering list of brands on display will include the

latest and most iconic models from the likes of BMW, Lexus, Bentley, Aston Martin, Rolls -Royce & Volvo. Jaguar, Tesla and Maserati. A number of Britain’s leading motoring brands will be unveiling their latest models, offering visitors the opportunity of a first glimpse at the new vehicles. Visitors with an appetite for speed will have the chance to unleash their inner Stig and go for a spin around the Canary Wharf estate at the Drive Me zone of the show. Make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to get into gear and try out these first rate cars! For more information see

Why not make this Father’s Day truly special and treat your dad to some memorable experiences. Book a test drive for your Dad and he could get behind the wheel of his dream car. Once the adrenaline has settled, why not browse the diverse retail and leisure options at Canary Wharf with something for every man, whatever his vogue, from Alfred Dunhill and Austin Reed to French Connection and Barbour. If technology is his passion, peruse Currys/PC World or Bang & Olufsen for that perfect gift to say ‘Thanks Dad’. Once all shopped out, why not treat Dad to the Father’s Day lunch at Boisdale, famed for its delicious steaks and impressive selection of whisky and cigars. In celebration of Father’s Day, the restaurant is offering a 3-course traditional lunch with unlimited wine for only £45. So make the most of all that the Canary Wharf Estate has to offer and ensure this special day is one that you and your father won’t forget. | 19

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Tour de France 2014 is coming to London With the Giro Tour of Italy just finished at the end of May Stage 8 of the The Pearl Izumi Tour Series at Canary Wharf on 5 June, and the Tour de France starting in early July it’s going to be quite a busy cycling time. This year the first three stages of the 2014 Tour de France take place in the UK from 5-7 July. During the first two stages the riders will circumnavigate Yorkshire and London will again become the focus for the last stage. The stage starts in Cambridge and finishes in London passing such landmarks as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Tower Bridge, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace to a spectacular finish along The Mall. Let’s all hope it’s a home stage win for Mark Cavendish and that he will be wearing the famous Yellow jersey as the tour leader when the race leaves the UK that evening for France. The Tour is one of the most exciting free sporting spectacles on Earth. For more information visit During this time Cycles UK stores will be entering into the spirit by dressing windows and having some special Tour purchase lines available in store and on line Visit Happy cycling – John Malcolm Cycles UK with stores in Greenwich, Orpington, Kent and Essex visit

For those who do get along to the event there are four jerseys that you must keep an eye out for. The Yellow - General classification jersey is for the overall race leader; The rider who has completed the race in the shortest time wears this.

The Green - Points classification is better known as the Sprinter’s jersey and is worn by the rider who at the start of each stage has the greatest number of points. Points are awarded daily to the rider who is first to reach the end of the stage or a determined place during any stage of the Tour. The Pokka Dot – Mountains classification points are awarded to the rider who is first to reach the top of each categorised climb. Points are also awarded for riders who closely follow the leader up each climb. The number of points awarded varies according to the hill classification, which is determined by the steepness and length of the particular hill. The White - Young rider classification is restricted to the riders that are under the age of 26.

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Ask The Expert Health & beauty tips and advice

Too few silver seniors are exercising enough. Many things stop us from excercising like illness, fear of injury or not feeling confident enough, but there are valuable skills you can learn. Today’s fitness fads often sacrifice balance, co-ordination and stretching for storming around bootcamp style. Vanbrugh Fitness’s silver personal training sessions work on your fitness and healthy eating goals in the privacy of your home, so that you can rise above life’s challenges and discover your confidence. Find out about us and our afternoon silver sessions at, then tell us your dreams at or call Daphne on 07939 000788.

Health & Beauty

Glowing… TanOrganic’s innovative Self-tanning Oil, which featured on Dragons Den in Ireland, contains a synthetic-free formula to create an effective yet subtle radiance suitable for both the face and body.  Combining a blend of Aloe Vera and plant oils (including Borage seed oil, Argan oil and refreshing orange peel oil), TanOrganic have created a product that will not only glide over skin but also leave it with a delicate citrus fragrance; ideal for the fresh summer seasons. The oil absorbs rapidly, hydrating skin deeply and thoroughly as it protects the skin with essential anti-oxidants. Aloe Vera works to reduce water loss from the outer layer of skin, firming the area as the product gives a beautiful bronzed finish. The formula contains no synthetic colours, fragrances, preservatives or parabens. It leaves skin as soft as butter, without fear of flakey skin or looking orange and it also fades perfectly. It can be easily applied after showering without the need for a glove, simply apply like any other body oil and wipe your hands with a baby wipe after. Stockists: Available from,,,, Holland & Barrett and, RRP £24.99.

Summer’s here Pretty n Polished bring the bespoke beauty salon to your home. Whether preparing for your special day or occasion, we are your beauty experts. At this time of year ladies want that fresh summer look. We recommend a summer make-up overhaul because less is more. We suggest a light spray tan for a flawless complexion, manicures and pedicures to beautify hands and feet ready for summer foot ware. Semi-permanent eyelash extensions to make your eyes a key feature and finally if you’re unsure we provide a personal shopping experience tailored to you. Book today. 07788917322.

Swimming is a great form of all-round exercise  Swimmings ideal if you want to be more active and stay healthy, whatever your age or ability. Regular swimming can reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 Diabetes and stroke. It can also boost your mood and keep your weight under control. Swimming is a lifelong skill that could save a life. If you can’t swim, it’s never too late to learn. Most pools cater for a variety of tastes and abilities, such as womenonly classes, parent and toddler groups, and lessons for different age groups. Before you start For most people, swimming is a safe and effective form of exercise. If you’re worried about an existing health condition, see your GP before you start swimming. Don’t worry if you’re afraid of the water or panic when you think about the deep end. Beginners’ lessons focus on building confidence in the water. Wearing a pair of goggles is a good idea to avoid the stinging sensation caused by chlorine in the water and to see where you’re going under water. Starting out The best place to get started is at your local pool. You’ll find information on classes for different age groups and levels, women-only sessions, timetables and prices. To find pools near you, use Find services: sport and fitness or contact your local authority.   Most pools offer adult-only beginners’ lessons, which focus on building water confidence and improving your stroke.

Recommended physical activity levels Adults (19-64 years) should do 150 minutes every week Older adults (65+ years) should do 150 minutes every week If you’re unsure about starting lessons, ask if you can watch a class or two to get a better idea if it’s for you, or ask to speak with one of the teachers. A 30-minute session of moderate to vigorous-intensity aerobic activity at the pool on one or more days a week will count towards your recommended weekly activity. As a guide a 60kg person burns in 30 minutes: Running (6mph): 300 calories Tennis (singles): 240 calories Swimming (slow crawl): 240 calories Cycling (12-14mph): 240 calories Aerobic dancing: 195 calories Fast walking (4mph): 150 calories

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Parenting News

The rapid rise of the ‘Uber-mum’! ‘Super-mum’, the very phrase immediately conjures up exhausting images. It’s also over-used and places unnecessary pressure on mothers and their expected roles in society. So what exactly is a ‘Super-mum’? SM’s are expected to raise perfect, adorable and well-mannered, healthy children, effortlessly juggle the demands of family life, cook like their life depends on it, look fabulous at all times and maintain that gorgeous size 8-10 figure. Just how is it possible to sustain or obtain this godly ‘Super-mum’ status? Gradually, more and more mothers are waking up to the reality that this existence is simply not possible in the real world.  There is an emergence of women who seem to be a little more discerning about the ‘real’ parenting and lifestyle deal. The mother who has less of a ‘try-hard’/’must-do’ attitude and one who is more motivated by a gentler balance in her life which enables her to truly engage with life and enjoy parenthood at the same time. She doesn’t conform to any one category or feel pressure to be this or that. Move over ‘Super-mum’ and all hail the rapid rise of the ‘Uber-mum’! Lisa Boughton, Director and Co-Founder from Angelfish Consumer Market Research Agency stated: ‘’Uber-mums’ are savvy and resourceful, making the very most of their precious time to find a healthy balance between work, family and self. We are finding that many of our market research respondents are actually stay-athome-mums who contact us to boost their family income and make extra money by taking part in our paid-for market research groups’.

It’s estimated that some 9,000 new foster families will be needed by the end of this year to cope with the number of children needing care

Register to take part in paid-for market research or check out some of the online survey sites offering to pay you for your feedback. Get heard and paid for voicing your opinion on exciting brands and products during face-to-face focus groups or taking part in online surveys etc. Check out for more info on signing up.

NEW Summer collection The NEW Scandinavian Summer collection from Annaliv features traditional Swedish cross stitch & embroidery,  taking inspiration from the blue seas and long open beaches of Danish islands; Samsø, Omø & Møn, where designer Anna Teisen spent her childhood. The collection is formed of soft cotton fabrics, finished with luxury french seams, incorporating traditionally woven ribbon from Sweden & printed handmade embroidered designs. Annaliv is a childrenswear brand designed and made in London. Its charming in-house prints capture the essence of childhood and adventure.  The illustrations, paintings and etchings are sent to a specialist print house with over 25 years of experience, hidden in the depths of the English countryside. The entire collection has been both designed and made in London and can be viewed online at:

Art for Fun Childrens workshops. Kids love art, whether it’s drawing, painting or just being creative. They can explore their natural curiosity about the world around them and what they see, touch and feel. Let your children express themselves at an art session…

Monday 28 July – Friday 1 August. 10-12/ 1.00-3.00. £12.00 for two hours. Call Geraldine 07759110072. Email;geraldinefranklin. State Registered Art Therapist. Noah’s Ark, 229 Deptford High Street, SE8 3NT. | 25

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Education News Round Up


Focusing on Personal Development Focusing on the importance of personal development for our wellbeing is not a new trend or phase, indeed the Greek Philosopher Aristotle noted that this leads to ‘human flourishing’ or ‘living well’. Personal development is all about learning who you are and what you can do. Being exposed to as many experiences as possible in a school setting allows a child to build self-awareness and self-knowledge in a protected environment. Eltham College is proud to develop well-rounded individuals; the wealth of extra-curricular activities on offer and the level of participation by our pupils was recognised recently in the Independent Schools Inspection. Their report states: ‘Pupils are excellent learners at every stage, showing a willingness to work on their own initiative and displaying positive attitudes in class. The range and levels of participation in extra-curricular activities are extensive; pupils develop exceptional skills and are able to use their many talents.’ At Eltham College, our aim is to educate within a Christian environment, to encourage personal integrity and consideration for others, and to promote community service in both the local and wider world to create better mutual understanding. The spiritual awareness, moral awareness, social development and cultural awareness of our pupils are all described as excellent by the inspectors: ‘Pupils are tolerant of each other’s different backgrounds, they behave in an orderly fashion, running clubs on gender equality and ecology in response to their own concerns; the house system enables pupils of all ages to mix together and many assume leadership roles within activities, such as directing and stage managing plays.’

Budding Engineers and Physicists from Bromley High School come face to face with a Nuclear Collider! Recently sixth form students from Bromley High School had the opportunity to visit and attend tours around CERN (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research) in Geneva, Switzerland. Head, Louise Simpson, commented: ‘A large hole in the ground in central Europe might not be everyone’s top choice for a weekend destination, but our budding engineers and physicists clearly had a fantastic and very valuable time at CERN. The opportunity to see the Large Hadron Collider in the flesh was inspiring for them all and will have had a huge impact on their approach to their studies. The trip, which coincided with the Organisation’s 60th anniversary year, was designed to supplement the studies of the Physics AS and A2-level students, while branching out and introducing to them the ways in which the basic principles of Physics that they were learning in class formed the basis of significantly more advanced science research.

Over the last ten years, universities have also been following guidance to provide a process to reflect upon learning, performance and/or achievement and to plan for their emotional, educational and career development. The school inspectors commented on the high levels of personal development of our pupils, which will give them solid foundations for the rigorous requirements of university and future careers. ‘Senior School pupils achieve an exceptionally high level of personal development. Their responses in discussions and in their self-assessment on their reports demonstrate a sophisticated level of emotional maturity.’ The key message to our community and from the inspectors is clear. One should not judge a school on its examination results alone – personal development is the key to future confidence and success. Successful schools should provide opportunities for children to discover themselves and build those soft skills, which are crucial in the world beyond. Paul Henderson, Headmaster, Eltham College.

Parachute Regiment Drop Into Bickley Park Four soldiers from the Parachute Regiment visited Bickley Park School to help the boys understand about life in the modern British Army. The visitors comprised a Captain, a Sergeant Major and two Sergeants. The soldiers had been involved in conflicts in Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan. A lot of what they spoke about was the battle to win hearts and minds in conflict zones. Sergeant Walker spoke about how the army were involved in community building projects in the Middle East, such as drilling wells to provide accessible fresh water supplies for local people. The soldiers spoke about the huge diversity within their working lives. Sergeant Walker used to be part of the Red Devils parachute team and was involved in displays all over the country.

‘All the girls really enjoyed seeing physics in action and linking what they learn in the textbook to real life. They all had an amazing time!’ Johan Viljoen, Head of Physics, Bromley High School.

Over a dozen Bickley Park School teachers and parents, including the Headmaster, will be undertaking tandem parachute jumps on June 7th to raise funds for the Parachute Regiment charity, which supports injured soldiers and the families of those killed or injured in conflict zones. The event will involve 70 participants and is intended to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Arnhem and D Day, two battles in which the Parachute Regiment played a major part.

The trip gave great insight and inspiration to the sixth-form physicists looking to pursue STEM-field careers, and was a very rewarding experience indeed. To find out more about what we can offer your daughter please visit us at our Open Morning Saturday 4 October, 9.30 am 1.00 pm or contact

Boys at Bickley Park School are marking these important anniversaries and the centenary of the start of World War I in a series of events, which include meeting a D Day veteran, hearing a remarkable escape story from Singapore when it was captured by the Japanese in 1942 and a talk  about World War I by Bickley Park old boy, Anthony Seldon, Headmaster of Wellington College. | 29

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Some Summertime Wines

Food & Drink

The light dishes and delicate flavours of summer call for crisp and lively wines that won’t knock you out for the whole afternoon. Here are some of our ideas to enhance your summer table. Paella and Rosé d’Anjou Paella has not always been the seafood extravaganza beloved of sun-seeking tourists; it was traditionally a way of combining available ingredients, most notably hare. This version combines tiger prawns, chorizo and chicken and in combination with the delicate spices you need a light and delicately fragranced wine to lift the ingredients and not overpower them. This rosé from the lower Maine valley, with its hot salmon pink colour brings vibrancy to the table but delicacy to the palate with a refreshing kick of citrus acidity adding extra zing to the next mouthful of paella. Rosé d’Anjou Domaine des Flines £10.50


Bruschetta and Pissaladière with Alsace Pinot noir Bruschetta and its Provençal cousin Pissaladière can, like Paella, present a smorgasbord of flavours so need a wine that is flexible and supple enough to cope with contrasts of taste and texture. The pinot noir has pleasing fruit aromas and is well-balanced and refreshing and not too dry, offering a great contrast to the sweetness of the tomatoes and the saltiness of the anchovies or chorizo. Alsace Pinot noir Domaine L. Hauller 2012 £11.50

Nothing says British summer time like wheeling out the barbecue between showers. Here is a whistlestop summary of our suggestions: grilled lamb chops or kofte with a burgundy pinot noir, chicken with Chablis or a Sancerre, salmon or tuna steaks with an Alsace Riesling, steak or beefburgers with a Cotes-du-Rhone. For accompaniments - the Muscadet would work brilliantly with a minty tabbouleh or the Rosé de Loire with pistachio and date couscous.

Joe le Snaxi and Crozes-Hermitage A Sloppy Joe burger re-imagined as an amuse-bouche of our own invention. The Crozes-Hermitage is light but structured and flavoursome enough with hints of pepper to stand up to the heat of the chilli. Crozes-Hermitage Les Perdigolles 2011 - £11.50

Waldorf salad and Muscadet aged in chestnut barrels This wine is a one-off. Pascal Drouard; one of 4 winemaking brothers at the head of this vineyard, has had the inspired idea of ageing his best Muscadet in locally-made chestnut barrels. This brings a delicious nuttiness to this Muscadet balancing the characteristic pearl on the tongue and adding another dimension to a light and refreshing wine. The lightness and acidity lift the yoghurt and mayonnaise dressing; the herbaceous notes complement the salad, whilst the chestnut echoes the walnut perfectly. Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Fief de l’Ancruère £9.90

Blackheath Wine Company is a locallybased online wine merchant specialising in high quality French wines from small vineyards that use traditional methods. Set up in 2013 by Steven Tod the range is continually expanding to include every corner of France, catering for every taste and to suit every pocket. Steven holds dual French-British nationality and spent much of his childhood in Alsace so wine is very much in his blood. After a career in the City he decided to pursue his passion and share with the oenophiles of Britain what every French person considers their birthright – exceptional wine, honestly priced. twitter: @blackheathwine

Cutty Sark Set within casual strolling distance from the world famous heritage site of Royal Greenwich the Cutty Sark Pub is a must to include on your historical day out. Being the first port of call in London for returning sailors in the 1700’s, the old world charm and heritage has stayed and oozes out from the wooden timbered, Georgian era, building. Spread over three floors with stunning views of Canary Wharf and the 02, The Cutty Sark is a beautiful riverside pub serving Great British food, local beers and ales. There is nothing more romantic than coupling Salacombe scallops, Brixham crab or Young’s Ale battered fish and chips with the breathtaking vista of the Thames at night, inside or outside, your choice. The Crows Nest, our private function room, is perfect for weekday wedding receptions, company meetings or a family get together. Delicious canapés and the extensive drinks and wine list will cater for all your events needs. Quiz night every Wednesday evening is a must and why not join us on our Captains table for something different and special. Keep an eye out on our web site, for up and coming events.


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Pressed for Time is a small, family-run, cleaning and ironing business based in Sundridge Park, which is owned and run by Anne Say. The Company started life some 14 years ago providing an ironing service for busy people, but it wasn’t long before Anne began receiving requests from customers to clean their homes as well. It seemed that many preferred the comfort of using a local company who they knew and trusted, rather than relying on the services of an individual. To get the business off the ground, Anne spent three years working alongside her team of cleaners, which gave her the chance to develop the bespoke level of service that Pressed for Time now offers. “I wanted to provide my clients with the same luxury standard of finish that they would expect when staying in a five star hotel. This means beds turned down, toilet rolls neatly folded at the ends and towels perfectly arranged in the bathrooms.” Anne uses all her own products and she and her staff are experts when it comes to caring for high specification bathroom and kitchen surfaces. Marble, granite, stainless steel... they all receive the same care and attention that leaves them polished to perfection. Before taking on a new client, Anne will visit their home and speak to them personally about their requirements. Some people want cleaners on a regular basis (thanks to such a high finish, Anne says that many customers only require a twicemonthly visit), whilst others want a one-off ‘deep clean.’ Anne then allocates a team of two or three staff, so that they become familiar with the property and its owner. “I am a firm believer that a better standard of cleaning can be achieved by a team who work together, rather than one person working on their own. This is particularly true in larger houses, simply because it’s physically difficult for one person to work at full speed for three or four hours. It also means the job is done in much less time.” Prices reflect the higher level of service and range from between £45 - £55 for a two bedroom flat, £80 for a four bedroom terrace/semi and a £100 plus for a large five bedroom house. To date, Anne has customers in Greenwich, Blackheath, Chislehurst, Bromley and all areas in between. Anne is the first to acknowledge that the success of her business depends on her staff, which she describes as a close-knit team. The Company is fully insured and has full public liability, which is particularly important when it comes to the growing number of requests she receives to clean offices and communal areas of flats. However, whether the job is big or small, each receives exactly the same high level clean. To ensure standards are maintained, Anne regularly carries out spot-checks on her properties and is always available should there be any problems. New customers can either call or visit the shop in person to ask Anne for a quote; she can normally get a team round to clean in a matter of days. Pressed for Time, 1 Sundridge Parade, Bromley, BR1 4DT. Tel: 020 8460 2777

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Gallery News - Whats On And Where?





Launch of new gallery. The contemporary art gallery showcases some of the UK’s most exciting disabled artists, featuring works by both well-known names and new talent. The diverse work will include etchings, photography, ceramics and paintings. For more info see Westfield Stratford City, 91/91 The Street E20 1EJ.


Contemporary visual art exhibitions in Creekside, Deptford. Arthub Gallery and A.P.T Gallery are open every Thursday to Sunday from 12noon to 5pm. Further details at and


Until 7 June Picturing British Trees – Present. Many artists from all periods of art history have chosen trees as a primary subject for different reasons. Sat 12noon-4pm. Free. Gerald Moore Gallery, Mottingham SE9 4QF.


Until 14th June Works By David Jane. A virus that robbed David Jane of his language and memory left him struggling to understand what had happened to him. His salvation was to recreate his experience through the condition onto paper. 12 noon-5pm Mon-Fri, Sat 10am-2.30pm. Paul McPherson Gallery, 77 Lassell Street, Greenwich, SW10 9PJ



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See the studios in action and buy designer jewellery, fashion accessories, artworks and homeware direct from 70 of London’s finest independent makers. Fri 6-9pm, Sat & Sun 11am-6pm. Free. 18-22 Creekside, London, SE8 3DZ.


Until 19 June An exhibition showcasing over 110 new works of art and craft inspired by the collections of the V&A South Kensington and the V&A Museum of Childhood. All exhibited works have been produced by adult learners from across the UK and have been selected by a panel of judges including V&A curators. Free. Times vary visit for details. Morley Gallery, 61 Westminister Bridge Road, SE1 7HT.


Until 29 June Current Exhibition. Featured artists: Nikki Braunton (3-15 June), Libby Carreck (17-29 Jun). Tues-Sun, 10am-5.30pm. 020 8858 1569. Greenwich Printmakers Gallery, 1A The Market, SE10 9HZ.


Until 31 Aug A diverse group of London based photographers who, over the last 5 years have attended photography courses at Greenwich Community College. Now exhibiting at Art in the Bar, Greenwich Picturehouse, Greenwich.


One of Britain’s best-loved and most successful illustrators. Presents work created for hospitals designed to have a therapeutic effect on their residents. Free with admission to Hall Place. Hall Place & Gardens, Bourne Road, Bexley DA5 1PQ.


Until 21 Sept Works by Ben Nicolson, Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis, William Staite Murray, 1920-1931. 10am-5pm. Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, Dulwich SE21 7AD. If you would like your exhibition promoted in this section please contact Cheryl on 020 8319 0555. | 33

Local Art

Greenwich Open Studios This year’s Greenwich Open Studios art trail is going to be one of the most interesting yet. Twenty-three professional artists, all with different visions and styles, are opening their houses and studios to the public. Our acronym GOS is well known. We have been exhibiting every summer for 32 years. While GOS’s membership has changed over the years its ethos remains the same. All of us work and live in Greenwich and we organise collaboratively. Our work for sale but is not affected by the percentages taken by galleries and dealers. You don’t have to buy but if you want to you can get some remarkable bargains. However the most important thing about GOS is that it offers a great summer experience. There are few better ways of spending a weekend summer afternoon following an art trail of studios looking at top quality work and talking to artists themselves. We are open 14-15 and the 21-22 June. Go to gosartists if you want to find out more. John Bangs. Greenwich Gallery: Season of Street Photography – On Our Streets. From July The Greenwich Gallery will be holding  a season of photography based on a single theme. For three or four months our walls will be made available to individual street photographers whose work will be seen to explore the varied aspects of this genre during a two week period. During the season we will cover many different approaches of those who photograph on our streets. Typically, these will include: urban landscapes, captured moments, purposeful messages, unusual cultural events, activism, and destruction/construction For details on how individuals can participate go to

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June at Greenwich Printmakers sees two new featured artists. Until 15th June is Nikki Braunton whose prints are snapshots, moments and observations about life; things that happen to her or people she knows. They express everyday thoughts and feelings, which are comical but often have a darkness and sadness to them, sometimes exorcising her own demons. See Nikki’s picture in our advert below. Libby Carreck follows until 29th June with her beautiful botanical etchings (shown here) and magical woodland birds. Her love of colour and natural forms is combined in her intricate depictions of flowers, shells and landscapes. The Greenwich Market gallery has a fantastic range of original hand-made prints and cards, and you can find out how an etching or a linocut is made from the artist on 1a Greenwich Market SE10 9HZ. 020 8858 1569.

D’ArT to be proud of at Sydenham High

Local Art

So much talent in one place’; ‘an amazing and original exhibition’; ‘fabulous work from all ages’; ‘wonderful, 8 inspiring and breathtaking’. These were just some of the comments left by visitors to Sydenham High’s 2013 D’ArT exhibition of stunning art and design technology work from across the school. This year’s exhibition, which runs from 24-26 June, promises to be just as arresting and engaging, showcasing the school’s outstanding GCSE and A-Level entries and also the results of sixth-form led art workshops with the junior pupils. The Private View takes place on the evening of Tuesday 24 June and the exhibition is then open to the public from 10am to 5pm on Wednesday and Thursday 25 & 26 June and for prospective parents from 6.30-8pm on the Wednesday as part of a school Open Evening. Sydenham High School, 19 Westwood Hill, London SE26 6BL; Tel: 020 8557 7000;


Flood Gallery is a boutique gallery specialisng in contemporary gig posters, art posters and film posters. Their first published book The Art of Godmachine. A lavishly produced art book and the first ever collection of the unique and ground breaking art of one of the UK’s leading cult artists.Flood Gallery also offers a framing service using high quality wood and float glass readymade and bespoke frames. Available in a large choice of mouldings and sizes with optional non reflective glass. Visit us at the gallery at 8 Greenwich Market, SE10 9HZ. To call for a quote tel: 0208 269 0372 or email:

Turner Contemporary offers an exclusive UK viewing of the first exhibition to consider the significance of colour during Piet Mondrian’s early career. Mondrian and Colour explores Mondrian’s (1872-1944) practice, tracing the painter’s use of colour from figuration to early abstraction. Bringing together around 50 paintings by the artist from the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and other collections in Europe and the USA, the exhibition will demonstrate that Mondrian’s abstract works were not simply mathematical exercises in form but also expressed his search for a new universal harmony. Mondrian and Colour until 21 September 2014. The Rendezvous, Margate, Kent CT9 1HG.

Jerwood Space The Glasshouse, adjacent to Jerwood Space’s main gallery, is perfect for work events, drinks receptions and networking. This bright and airy glazed space feels as if you are outside, whatever the weather. It leads directly to the private courtyard and garden, so should you get a REAL Summer evening for your event, you can venture outdoors, drink in hand, to enjoy the sunshine! In-house caterers Delicious, set and bespoke menu options Professional Event Management service 7mins from London Bridge Station 10mins from Waterloo Contact & quote ‘Meridian’ for a 10% discount on space hire in June, July and August. 020 7654 0171. 171 Union St, London SE1 0LN

Hubba Bubba Summer Show! Come down to Art Hub Gallery, Creekside and taste the latest flavours of the very best in art and design at art Hub’s Studio Summer Show. Gorgeous fashion, prints, jewellery, sculpture, ceramics, fine art and glassware on show and for sale at great prices for every pocket. Opening Night 13 June - all are welcome. Bar and live music from 6 – 9pm. Show runs Sat 14 and Sun 15 June 1 – 5pm.

The artist Tim Cousins is having A Glance Back at some of his significant paintings of the last fifty years. He has worked in Deptford for most of his life and location is pivotal to his work. Landscape, dogs, figures and cranes all make an attempt to appear. Opening Night Thurs 19 June. 6 – 9pm. Exhibition runs 20 – 29 June Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun 1 – 6pm. A Conversation Back - meet the artist and discuss his work on Sunday 29 June at 3pm. This is a FREE EVENT. To book a seat email Lou Beer, Gallery Manager, For details of all events go to Art Hub Gallery, 5 – 9 Creekside. | 35

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The Glasshouse, adjacent to Jerwood Space’s main gallery, is perfect for work events, drinks receptions and networking. This bright and airy glazed space feels as if you are outside, whatever the weather. It leads directly to the private courtyard and garden, so should you get a REAL Summer evening for your event, you can venture outdoors, drink in hand, to enjoy the sunshine!  In-house

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DR AW ING TO MA KING An exhibition of works from the initial idea to the completed piece. Rebecca Bergese, John Crossley, Marilyn Hallam, Bill Henderson, Tricia Gillman, Eric Moody, Sue Kennington, David Redfern, Laurence Noga curated by John Crossley.

The Lookout, John Crossley

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Listings EVERYONE’S INVITED TO INTU BROMLEY Last year everyone was invited and thousands came! This year intu Bromley’s summer party is back with a bang! Britain’s Got Talent favourites Twist and Pulse will be performing 2 sets on Saturday 7th June. Born and bred South Londoners Twist (Ashley Glazebrook) and Pulse (Glen Murphy) met at The Brit School and have performed their own genre of dance called Streetomedy to over one million people. They even filmed their Christmas video at intu Bromley’s Christmas Grotto. Also on the line up are The Boxettes, an all-female vocal group featuring the world beatbox champion, Bellatrix. There will be performances from K2K Stars and HJA performing arts schools and local band The Dirty Perks plus loads for the kids including puppet shows, storytelling, face painters and magicians. Customers can relax in special themed areas and enjoy fun and games, snap a selfie in the free fun photo booth or marvel at magical circus acts. 60 lucky customers will have the chance to have an exclusive meet and greet with Twist and Pulse so look out for more information on intu Bromley’s Facebook page and @intubromley on Twitter. Maria Cooper, Marketing Manager at intu Bromley said, ‘Last year’s Everyone’s Invited event was a fantastic weekend, the atmosphere was great and customers really joined in. We’re so excited to be holding this unique event again and can’t wait to see Twist and Pulse perform alongside our other amazing acts’. Weekend of 7 & 8 June. See for more information.

A SKIPPING EXTRAVAGANZA IN THE PARK! The Big Dance festival returns this summer with lots of events around the UK, and something extra-special is happening in Greenwich. As the Big Dance Hub for South East London, Greenwich Dance has commissioned choreographer Jorge Crecis to create Through & Out: Skipping Extravaganza, a largescale, free outdoor performance of dance and rope skipping in Greenwich Park on Saturday 12 July, as part of the Royal Greenwich Festivals. Hundreds of dance-skippers, including professional dance artists and a local community cast from across South East London, will unite in electrifying motion. An immersive audio experience with an original soundtrack will take you into the heart of the action as audience and performers converge in one epic event in the iconic surroundings of Greenwich Park. Kat Bridge, Artistic Director at Greenwich Dance said: ‘We are delighted to be producing one of only 16 national Big Dance commissions this summer. This is our most ambitious projects yet in terms of the number of performers and it feels great to celebrate South East London in this way as part of a fantastic summer of cultural events for The Royal Greenwich Festivals.’ If you are interested in being part of it, visit to find out more. | 37

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This month’s listings 8Art, Drama, Music, Language & Wine courses. One-to-one instrumental & vocal tuition for all age groups, plus a range of courses. The Conservatoire, Lee Road Blackheath, SE3. Info: 020 8852 0234 or 8Blackheath Decorative & Fine Arts Society. Stimulating lectures and intriguing outings. Fourth Thursday of the month except Aug and Dec 2.30pm. St Mary’s Hall, Cresswell Park, Blackeath SE3. 8Greenwich Decorative & Fine Arts Society. Monthly lectures at King William Court, Room 315, University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, SE10. 8pm on 2nd Monday of the month, except April & August. Refreshments from 7.15pm. 020 8852 6248 or 8Greenwich Market. Tues - Collectables & crafts. Weds - Food market with local producers & organic produce. Thurs & Fri - Antiques, collectables, arts & crafts. Weekends & Bank Hols - Arts & Crafts & Food. 10am-5.30pm, 020 8269 5096. Greenwich SE10. 8Guided Walk in Maryon Wilson Park. With an animal park & deer enclosure. Tours held at 1.30pm every Wednesday, meet by the deer pen, limited to the first 50 people. During school holidays 1.30pm every Mon, Wed & Fri except for public holidays. Free. Maryon Wilson Park, Thorntree Road, Charlton, SE7. 8Kids Knitting & Crochet Workshops. Every Fri & Sat 11am-1pm. Special discount £8/2h session (quote:MERIDIAN) Book online at or call 020 8144 4523, Boutique Outlet, 326 Lee High Road, Lee Green SE13 5PJ. 8Learn Tarot Cards. Develop your intuition and communication skills. Private tuition and workshops with an experienced reader. Email:, Tel: 07791 139 380, 020 8293 1737.


8Rotary Club of Lewisham & Penge. Local businessmen and women giving help locally, national and internationally. We meet at 7pm for a dinner, with speakers on a variety of subjects. Contact Peter Earll 020 8303 3361 or Alan Davis 020 8467 2032. Bromley Court Hotel, Bromley. 8Live Music & Open Mic. Jive jazz hosted by Dave Silk (bass) fusing legendary and experienced musos together with first time and amateur performers. In relaxed candlelit setting. Bar opens 8pm. £10 on the door. www.jazznights. Mycenae Road, Blackheath SE3 7SE.

2ND TUES OF EVERY MONTH 8The Blackheath & Greenwich Amnesty Group. Monthly meetings. 8pm. St. Margaret’s Church, Lee Terrace, Blackheath SE3.


8Keep Fit & In Shape + Line Dancing. 10am 12 noon. Donation £5 to Cancer Research UK. 020 8852 7127. Kingswood Hall, Kingswood Place, off Dacre Park, Lewisham SE13. 8Woolwich Singers. A community choir. No audition required to join. The aim is to sing together and have fun! Call Wendy 07812 477 775. £2 per week, refreshments provided. 6.30pm-8pm. The Clockhouse Community Centre, Defiance Walk, Woolwich Dockyard, Woolwich SE18 5QL.

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8Blackheath Morris Men. Practice 8.45-10pm. St Marks Church Upper Hall, Greenwich South Street SE10. Free. Contact John on 020 8461 2440. 8Rotary Club of Greenwich. For like-minded business people to meet & help the community. Fred Nunn 020 8858 6410. Charlton Football Club, Floyd Rd; Charlton SE7 8BL.

Greenwich Theatre’s Artistic Director, James Haddrell In the first week of May a major row broke out in parliament and the Speaker of the House of Commons had to call for restraint, but the cause of the outburst was not the economy, or education, or the health service – nothing that you might expect. It was about the proposed reburial of a single human skeleton, found two years earlier buried underneath a car park in Leicester. The remains, it was thought (and it has now been proved) were those of King Richard III, the last of the Plantagenet Kings and the last English monarch to have died in battle. Thought to have been buried under a church in Leicester, long since lost, Richard died at the Battle of Bosworth, defeated by Henry Tudor – a battle which brought a new line to the English throne. The discovery in Leicester sparked a bitter debate, finally resolved by the High Court in May this year, about whether Richard should be buried in Leicester where he died, or be returned to York where he grew up. The debate may finally be settled, with a high court ruling that he should be reinterred in Leicester, but the excitement around the discovery for historians and theatre lovers alike has not abated.

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Arguably Shakespeare’s most popular history play, King Richard III is one of Shakespeare’s most powerful villains, a true gothic figure, his twisted body serving as a sign of a twisted personality. Shakespeare’s Richard describes himself as ‘Deformed, unfinished, sent before my time / Into this breathing world, scarce half made up’ and elsewhere as a ‘hunchback’. The discovery of his skeleton, proved to be his thanks to a DNA match with a family descendent, demonstrated that Shakespeare’s description was far more that simple poetic license. With a badly twisted spine, which today would be diagnosed as scoliosis, Richard would certainly have seemed deformed to his contemporaries – and the sight of the twisted skeleton somehow brought Shakespeare’s character vividly back to life for anyone who loves the play.

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Whatever memorial is now raised to him in Leicester, and however the City of York decide to honour his birth, one of the greatest reminders of his reign will always be Shakespeare’s unforgettable play. Later this month when the play is revived here in Greenwich by Custom/Practice, the knowledge that Richard has been rediscovered, and that his reign truly was characterised as much by his iconic twisted body as by his violent rule, is sure to give that description of a “Deformed, unfinished” king an even greater power. Richard III plays at Greenwich Theatre for a strictly limited run from 20-22 June. Box Office 020 8858 7755


8Lunchtime Concert. 1pm – 2pm. Free 020 8856 3951.Charlton House, Charlton Rd; SE7 8Tangoworkout. Classes connecting Tango with health and well being, for men and women. 7.15pm - 9.15pm. Beginners and intermediate classes. £7. West Greenwich Community Centre, 141 Greenwich High Road, SE10 8JA.


8Blackheath Quakers. Meeting for worship. 10.30am-11.30am every Sunday, and 1pm1.30pm on 2nd Tues of each month. Visitors are welcome. For more details, including room hire on 07908 587 695 or email quakerhall@ Quaker Meeting House, Lawn Terrace, Blackheath SE3 9LL.


8Heart n Soul’s Allsorts. Creative sessions for adults with learning disabilities. Plus there’s Djing and the chance to take part in a live music jam with the Heart n Soul Soundlab. Every Thursday until 12 June. or 020 8694 1632. The Albany theatre, Deptford SE8.


8Orpington’s Forgotten Man: George Allen. An exhibition about George Allen, one of Orpington’s earliest and most successful residents and friend of John Ruskin. Showcases some of Allen’s finest engravings, books and bindings from a private collection. Free. Bromley Museum, The Priory, Church Hill, Orpington BR6 0HH.


8Time Machines: Daniel Weil and the Art of Design. The exhibition focuses on the process of design, about how a designer thinks and works. Featuring clocks specially created for the exhibition as well as commissions for Swatch, United Airlines, Krug, Mothercare and the Pet Shop Boys. 10am-5.45 daily. Adults £12.40, Students £9.30 and under 6 Free.Design Museum, Shad Thames, SE1 2YD.

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8Tapestry Group. Enjoy sewing and would like to get involved with this project at St.Alfege. 10am-1pm. Caton Room, St Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ.


8Lunchtime Recital. Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. 1.05pm. Free. St. Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ. 8The Pearl Izumi Tour Series. Cycing fans won’t want to miss this event. Stage 8 of this race will take place in Canary Wharf. From 6pm. Free. Thoughout Canary Wharf, for more info visit


8Lunchtime Recital. The Friends of Blackheath Halls presents the London Chamber Collective piano quartet. 1.10pm. Free with a retiring collection. Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road, Blackheath SE3 9RQ. | 39

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8Creative Arts Festival. Students from Greenwich Community College will be showcasing their talents. There will also be family-friendly activities on offer plus free taster workshops and demonstrations, a craft fair featuring jewellery, textiles, ceramics and various other products created by the students. 10am-4pm. Free. Visit www .gcc. for more info. Greenwich Park Centre, King George Street, 
SE10 8QB. 8Bromley Dogs’ Day Out – Mottingham. In partnership with Dogs Trust, a fun day out for dogs and their families with advice on responsible dog ownership. 11am-3pm. Mottingham Recreation Ground, Court Farm Road, SE9 4DN. 8Lunchtime Recital. Jeremy Lowe, clarinet. 1.05pm. Free. St Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ. 8Tea Dance. With David Carter on keyboard. The dress theme is ‘Hats’ so find your best one! 3.30pm. 020 8853 0687. Church Hall, St. Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ. 8The Dualers. For lovers of Ska and Reggae don’t miss this concert. 7pm. £15. www.skiddle. com. The Great Hall, Bromley Civic Centre, Stockwell Close, Bromley BR1 3UH. 8After Show Party: The Dualers. 11pm-2am. £5 buy at the concert before hand. Rumour, Churchill Court, Westmortland Place, Bromley BR1 1DS.

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8Family Fun Weekend: Ship Hats. Build a spectacular hat to take on an adventure. Where will your ship sail to ? 11.30am-1.30pm & 2pm-4pm. Admission charges apply. Suitable for all ages. Sammy Offer Gallery, Cutty Sark, Greenwich SE10. 8Ahoy Captain! Meet Captain Woodget, Cutty Sark’s longest serving master to learn about life on board the fastest tea clipper. 11.30am-1.30pm & 2-4pm. Suitable for all ages. Sammy Offer Gallery, Cutty Sark, Greenwich SE10.


8Lunchtime Recital. The Friends of Blackheath Halls present Catherine Lee, cello and Nadav Hertzka, piano. 1.10pm. Free with a retiring collection. Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road, Blackheath SE3 9RQ. 8Happy Mondays Comedy Night. With Richard Herring and Josh Howie. Edinburgh preview shows. 8pm. The Amersham Arms, New Cross SE14 6TY.

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8Canary Wharf Motorexpo. The world’s biggest free to visit motoring event with displays of the latest vehicles from the world’s leading automotive manufacturers. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm. Free. Throughout Canary Wharf. Visit for more info.


8Blackheath Townswomen’s Guild. Woodlands Farm Past and Present. Speaker David Vaughan. 2pm. Boys Brigade Hall, Reynolds Place, Blackheath SE3.


8Lunchtime Recital. Trinity Laban. 1.05pm. Free. St Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ.


8Charity Quiz Night. Pit you wits against others in this fun event at the beautiful Rivoli Ballroom. Bring a team of up to six people or join a team on

City Cruises The Thames has always been at the very heart of London. Join City Cruises and you won’t miss a thing when they show you the sights and sounds of 2000 years of history as you cruise through the capital. The City Cruises fleet of purpose-built sightseeing boats give you the best views possible. From the majestic Houses of Parliament to the ancient Tower of London with its gruesome past and onto the Royal Palace of Greenwich. Along the way you’ll cross the site of the first Roman crossing of the River Thames as well as passing by the tallest building in Europe. You really can sit back, relax and enjoy the views while the on-board commentary reveals all. Cruises depart from Westminster, London Eye, Tower and Greenwich piers every 30 minutes

Seduced! Fans & the Art of Advertising, The exhibition reveals how commercial art – a dynamic, seductive art-form – emerged during the late nineteenth century to play a pivotal role in generating and sustaining a culture of consumption among the growing middle classes. Focusing on the interwar period and the aesthetics of Art Deco, the exhibition includes a colourful array of fans made to promote leisure activities such as travel, dining & shopping. Luxury brands are equally well represented with fans advertising champagne, perfume and haute- couture. Many of the fans exhibited feature designs by masters of commercial art including, Georges Barbier, Leonetto Cappiello and René Gruau, whose striking pochoir & chromolithographic prints evoke a remarkable age of decadence, glamour, exoticism and the birth of modern consumer culture. Tel. 020 8305 1441 The Fan Museum
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the night. 7-10.30pm. £10 per person includes a hot buffet. To book a place contact Derek Johnson on 020 8314 8636 ot email Derek.johnson@ All proceeds go to the Lavender Trust at Breast Cancer Care. 350 Brockley Road, Crofton Park ( Opp. Crofton Park railway station).


8Dogs Unite! For Guide Dogs. The Superdogs are coming to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Support these life-changing guide dogs at an epic family day out. Join the sponsored dog walk through this iconic park, enjoy fun dog shows, meet guide dog puppies and lots more…
Dogs and children aged 12 and under when accompanied by an adult go free! The registration fee for anyone who is 13 years old or over is £20.00 per ticket. 10am-6pm. For more info visit www. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stratford. 8Lunchtime Recital. Baroque Journeys. 1.05pm. Free. St Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ.


8Ramble. A 6 mile linear walk through NW London from Preston Park to Hendon. Meet 10am at Baker Street underground station ticket office. Contact R.Sullivan on 020 8850 4417 for more info. New members welcome. Goldsmiths Rambling Club.


8Lunchtime Recital. The Friends of Blackheath Halls present Songs of Travel with Marjorie Ouvry, mezzo-soprano, Jonathan Ouvry, bass-baritone and Patricia Williams, piano. 1.10pm. Free with a retiring collection. Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road, Blackheath SE3 9RQ. 8Charlton & Blackheath Amateur Horticultural Society. Talk on The Ancient Garden by Russell Bowes. 7.45pm. Visitors £1 per meeting. Charlton House Community Centre, Charlton Village SE7 8RE.

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8We are Aliens. Rupert Grint of Harry Potter fame narrates this planetarium show exploring how our understanding of life on Earth guides our hunt for alien life elsewhere in the Universe. 12.45pm and 1.45pm. £6.50 adults, £4.50 children, £20 family. Recommended for ages 5+. Peter Harrison Planetarium, Greenwich Park SE10.


A new festival called Greenwich Music Time will take place over four balmy nights in midAugust within the glorious setting of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich. Kicking of the event on Wednesday (20 August), The Australian Pink Floyd Show. Goldfrapp playing both old and new material on Thursday (21 August). The electropop outfit has enjoyed huge global success, notably with their platinum-selling third album Supernature in 2005. They were most recently back in the upper echelons of the UK charts with their latest LP, Tales of Us, released last year. The Friday night (22 August) of the new festival brings multi-million selling English tenor Russell Watson to London backed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and special guests are promised. Blackheath-boy Jools Holland and his ever-popular Rhythm and Blues Orchestra will headline the closing night of the festival (23 August) with special guest stars Melanie C and Marc Almond.

8Greenwich Industrial History Society. Ian Bull on the Narrow Gauge Railways of the Royal Arsenal. 7.30pm. Non-members £1. The Old Bakehouse, Bennett Park, Blackheath SE3.

The concert series will also showcase Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, with students and recent graduates performing an opening set each night before the headline show.

8Lunchtime Recital. Trinity Laban. 1.05pm. Free. St Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ.

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8Godspell. Petts Wood Operatic Society present the flower power musical. 7.30pm. £12 from 07870 887 783. Babington House School, Chislehurst BR7 5ES.


8Recital: In aid of Restoration Appeal. Elaine Lewis, contralto and Anna Lusty, viola. Music by Schumann and Brahms. 7.30pm. Free with retiring collection for the Restoration Appeal.

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8Blackheath Flower Club. Guest demonstrator with 5/6 designs, which can be won in a raffle.1.45pm-4pm. Mycenae House, Mycenae Road, Blackheath SE3 7SE.


8Amnesty International Book Sale. The Blackheath and Greenwich Group of Amnesty International is holding its annual fund-raising book sale. The local group has collected thousands of books from a variety of sources, including publishers and book reviewers as well as individual donors. The quality of books – many of which are brand new. 9am-5pm. Church of the Ascension, Dartmouth Row, London SE10 8BF. 8Manor House Gardens Festival. Enjoy the music, arts and funfair in this lovely park. 12noon9pm. Manor House Gardens, Brightfield Road, London SE12 8QG 8Charlton Society. Brief History of Sydenham by Steve Grindley. 2.30pm. Charlton House, Charlton SE7 8RE.

Belshazzar Trinity Laban opera returns to Blackheath Halls in July, with Belshazzar, one of Handel’s most colourful, if rarely staged, works. Based on the Biblical account of the fall of Babylon and the subsequent freeing of the Jewish nation, Belshazzar is musically rich and contains universal morals on excess, the abuse of power, faith and tolerance, offering parallels with political situations throughout the world today. Belshazzar features some of the best opera students the UK can offer, led by directing sensation Emma Rivlin. The conductor is the award winning Nicholas Kraemer, fresh from his recent successful staging of Belshazzar in Norway.

8Happy Mondays Comedy Night. With Tony Law and Pippa Evans. Edinburgh preview shows. 8pm. The Amersham Arms, New Cross SE14 6TY.


8Summer Concert. Blackheath Townswomens Guild Choir. Concert plus tea and cakes. 2pm. £6 tickets on door. Charlton House, Charlton Village SE7 8UD. 8University of Greenwich: History Papers. Part of a fascinating series of free talks by historians from the University of Greenwich. Working for Victory: The work of the Women’s Voluntary Service (WVS) during the Second World War. By Dr. June Balshaw. Free. 6.30pm. Refreshments provided. Donations in support of Greenwich Heritage Centre and its future activities are welcomed. Greenwich Heritage Centre, Artillery Square, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich SE18 4DX. 020 8854 2452.


8Lunchtime Recital. Trinity Laban. 1.05pm. Free. St Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ. 8Blackheath Decorative & Fine Arts Society. You too could become expert on the isms and factions of 20th century Russian art – join us for Theodora Clarke’s stunning lecture ‘Russian and Soviet Art: Introduction to the Avant Garde’. Refreshments at 2pm, 2.30pm start. Visitors £5.

8Bach to Baby: classical concert series for baby and you. With award-winning concert pianist and founder of Classics with my Baby, Miaomiao Yu. 10am – 11.30am. Adults £10. For more info visit St Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ.

8Dolly Parton. In a career spanning over 45-years, Dolly Parton has achieved legendary status as a songwriter, musician, and actress, best known for iconic tunes like Jolene, Islands in the Stream and 9 to 5. 6.30pm. £64-£86. www. The O2, Peninsula Square, Greenwich SE10 0DX.

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8The Big Summer Sunday Extravaganza. The Friends of Mycenae Gardens present as part of Royal Borough of Greenwich ParksFest this family fun event. Including live music( Icarus Acoustic Club & Jazz Nights and Blackheath Centre for Singing), workshops, kids cinema, food, bar and plenty of stalls. 12noon-5.30pm. Mycenae Gardens, Rear of Mycenae House, Mycenae Road, SE3. 8Concert. Thomas Tallis Concert:Thomas Tallis Society & Orchestra. Annual Handel with Hamper concert. The choir will be performing Handel’s Israel in Egypt, directed by Stephen Dagg. Extended interval for dinner and a buffet is available to purchase or audience members may bring a picnic. 6.30pm. Concert £20, £12. With pre-booked buffet £28, £20.Buffet on the night £10. St Alfege, Greenwich.

St Mary’s Church Hall, Cresswell Park, Blackheath SE3. 8Sci-Fi Movie Night. As part of the Longitude Punk’d Season, the Royal Observatory Greenwich will be screening classic Steampunk science fiction movies. French cult classic 2010 film: The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec directed by Luc Besson, kicks off the season. Following the movie will be a talk from one of their astronomers on the science behind the film. 7pm. £16 adults, £12 children age 11+. Advanced booking required on 020 8312 6608 or email Peter Harrison Planetarium, Greenwich Park SE10.

Greenwich Fair: 20-22 June. We Light Up the House presents The Alternative World Cup. A dance performance with freestyle football skills.(above) See the world from a different angle and immerse yourself in London’s annual festival of shape-shifting, perception changing, free outdoor performance. From the top of Greenwich Park Hill you can look out on one of the most spectacular views of the capital - a city of stories. GDIF 2014 invites you to experience these familiar streets and public spaces as they’re transformed with astonishing free performance from around the world. From gravity-defying aerial choreography to global stories of war and peace; encounters between the living and the dead and a house turned inside out; from a pop-up desert island to a flying ship; this summer the magic of outdoor theatre will reinvent the everyday and encourage you to look at the world anew. 20-28 June. Free. Royal Borough of Greenwich, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. For more information please visit


8Ramble. A 61/4 mile walk, mostly flat where you can in Kent’s farming history as you follow the footsteps of Royalty and Romans through the heart of the Garden of England. Meet 10.45am at Faversham Station. Contact R.Sullivan on 020 8850 4417 for more info. New members welcome. Goldsmiths Rambling Club. 8Lunchtime Recital. Clare Graydon James. 1.05pm. Free. St Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ. Concert. English Baroque Choir is delighted with this newly commissioned work by John McCabe. 7.30pm. £12 on the door or from


8Bromley Dogs’ Day Out – Orpington. In partnership with Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, a fun day out for dogs and their families with advice on responsible dog ownership. 11am-5pm. Priory Gardens, Church Hill, BR6 0HJ. 8Flowers and Sugar Art. An exhibition of artistry with flowers and sugar. Demonstrations, traders, raffle and refreshments. Part proceeds to Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Kent Air Ambulance. 10.15am-4pm. £5. 01795472961. Bromley Civic Centre, Bromley BR1 3UH.


8Cody Simpson. Australian born pop superstar starts his UK summer tour at Indigo at the O2 with his new show and new music. 7pm. £18.50-£25. 14years plus. IndigO2, Peninsula Square, Greenwich SE10 0DX.


Hop Farm Music Festival. With a massive music line-up across two stages that takes legendary headliners, Kinks frontman Ray Davies, and co-founder of the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson and Grace Jones. Plus Echo & The Bunnymen, James Blunt, Deacon Blue, Squeeze and more. See Family camping area. The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood, Kent. | 43

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Stunning New Homes Launched at Blackheath Quarter

Berkeley Homes is presenting buyers with further opportunities to own a home in highly sought-after Kidbrooke Village with the launch of Merlin Court. The latest release within Blackheath Quarter will provide 132 new homes in a building overlooking the beautifully landscaped Cator Park. Merlin Court comprises contemporary, individually designed, one, two and three bedroom apartments with high-specification, luxurious interiors and views of luscious parkland. All homes come with either spacious balconies or terrace areas.

themselves surrounded by green open space; in total, the village has 136 acres of open space, made up from the established Sutcliffe Park nature reserve, the newly created Cator Park, and numerous green pathways between the buildings. Cator Park will offer residents a number of outdoor recreational activities all year round as well as providing an idyllic setting for summer picnics with water features that run into a green river that flows through the village.

Within this collection, a select number of three bedroom apartments will feature an additional room, ideal for use as a home office, allowing owners to benefit from flexible working. Those that wish to work from home will also have access to private working spaces in a business suite located in Blackheath Quarter Clubhouse. The unique suite, complete with boardroom, affords Blackheath Quarter residents with the opportunity and freedom of working from home without the distractions of creature comforts – perfect for those with young families who want to spend less time commuting and more time with their loved ones.

Blackheath Quarter is one of four neighbourhoods which make up the Kidbrooke Village community, along with Meridian Gate, Kidbrooke Village Centre and City Point – all arranged around parkland and open space. The 270-acre site, a £1 billion regeneration scheme, is considered one of Europe’s most ambitious housing projects and second only in the UK to the Olympic Village. The former government body Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) has described Kidbrooke Village as “an exemplar for sustainable suburbs with social and environmental sustainability at its heart”. When complete, Kidbrooke Village will provide more than 4,000 new homes, and a central square lined with shops and eateries.

Blackheath Quarter Clubhouse is an excellent space which combines work and play. As well as having access to executive business facilities, residents have the opportunity to relax by the pool, blow off steam in the gym or watch a film with the family in the private cinema room.

Whilst Kidbrooke Village already boasts a number of amenities on site, including a health centre, primary school, community centre, as well as a Sainsbury’s Local, coffee shop and other retail facilities – the neighbouring picturesque village of Blackheath additionally offers a wealth of restaurants, pubs and attractive shops.

However, if residents need to commute into central London, Kidbrooke railway station runs regular overland services into London Bridge in just 15 minutes and London Victoria in less than 30 minutes. Merlin Court residents will also find

The Merlin Court apartments will launch on Saturday, 14 June. For more information about Kidbrooke Village, or call 020 8150 5151.

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Meridian Magazine June 2014  

June edition of the Meridian Magazine

Meridian Magazine June 2014  

June edition of the Meridian Magazine